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Your baby’s third month is a milestone as he is usually around 12 to 13 lbs, eating more, and sleeping through much of the night. Your baby is growing, becoming healthier and stronger and this is wonderful to watch!

By the end of this month, he should weigh somewhere around 12 to 13 lbs and measure about 23 to 24 inches in length. Now that your baby is a little bit older, he may eat more at each sitting as his stomach has a little bit larger capacity. Because his tummy is holding more, he may be sleeping better at night too. In fact, he may start sleeping through the night (or for around 5 to 7 hour stretches) by the end of this month.

Around the end of this month, you can expect another growth spurt. You may notice that your baby wants to eat more frequently. If he is nursing, he may tug on your breasts more or nurse more aggressively during this time. This is completely normal and doesn’t mean that your milk supply has decreased. This vigorous nursing will stimulate your breasts to make more milk to meet his new demands. Your little one is turning into a muscle man (or woman). He is starting to show off how strong he is. He should be able to do some baby push-ups now. If you place him on his tummy, he can lift up his head and chest. You’ll also see him stretch out or kick his legs. There’s a good chance he’s rolling over now, at least from front to back. If you haven’t seen him practicing his rolling skills, make sure you are prepared and on the lookout for him to roll over. Don’t leave him on a bed or sofa unattended. He may roll over when you least expect it! When you change his diaper, either strap him to your changing table with the safety strap or use one hand to hold him securely and keep him from rolling or falling.

Source: Your Baby’s Third Month : Baby Development : Babies : pregnancy and parenting on JustMommies

A growth spurt usually takes place at the end of the third month. Your baby is nursing more frequently and is getting stronger day by day. He/she may be able to roll over, stretch, kick, and lift up his/her head. Be careful during this time as your baby may roll over when you are not expecting it.

Safety Tips: Always keep one hand on your baby if he is placed on a high surface like a changing table or bed. If he isn’t rolling and wiggling yet, he will soon. Since your baby will be getting around soon, it’s a good idea to secure your electrical outlets now. Find any outlets your baby can reach and cover them with an outlet cover. If you keep a diaper pail, make sure it is covered and kept in a closet or room that your baby can’t get to. Do not strap your baby into a car seat while wearing a heavy winter coat or snow suit. The padding in the coat may compress during any type of impact; thus, making the straps loose and not secure enough to keep your baby safe. Instead, place him in the seat in his regular clothes and wrap a blanket around him once he’s strapped in securely.

You may be moving your little one from his baby bathtub into the big bathtub. If he is taking his bath in the tub now, it’s time to invest in some rubber mats. Rubber mats will help you to prevent bathtub slips and falls. You can also purchase a rubber cover to place over the faucet. If you haven’t already, move any cleaning supplies out of your baby’s reach. Place them in a locked cabinet out of baby’s reach.

Source: Your Baby’s Third Month : Baby Development : Babies : pregnancy and parenting on JustMommies

Keep an eye on your baby and certainly a hand if he/she is placed on a high surface like a changing table.  All changing/garbage pales must be secured. It’s a good idea to secure all reachable electrical outlets and purchase rubber mats for the bathtub. Cleaning products must be kept out of your baby’s reach.

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